US Ambassador Harry Thomas does a “MacArthur”!
On October 20, 1944 when General Douglas MacArthur and the Allied Troops landed on the beaches of Leyte, he brought a resurgence of hope for all Filipinos that at last democracy had been restored in our country.
Over these past six decades – with strained relations and other obstructions to the continued friendship of Americans and Filipinos – the arrival of Ambassador Thomas in Tacloban revived our dwindling hopes; he brought with him an exuberance of good will and diplomacy – showing to each and every Taclobanon and Leyteño – that the Americans have not forgotten us – their steadfast allies in the East. His Excellency, Ambassador Harry Thomas is the “ultimate diplomat”! Through his initiative, the roadshow “America in 3D” – has visited six cities in the Philippines – Tacloban the latest.
Our fellow Taclobanons and residents from all over Region 8 (Eastern Visayas) – eagerly trooped to Robinson’s Mall this weekend – to listen to and see the “Orient Express” – US 7th Fleet Rock Band – to the songs and dances performed by national and local artists – to the briefings re to how to apply for a US Visa – how to study in the US – concerns re human trafficking, development and defense plans of the United States particularly for our country and Southeast Asia. His staff tried “demystifying the Visa process” – meaning exposing alleged flaws in such a Consular act – ironing out kinks – providing further info re requirements for visa approval.
In toto – the “America in 3D” visit to Tacloban revived our belief in the fact that the United States of America is a friend – that it cares for us – that Americans and Filipinos are bound not only by bonds of friendship – our common history is etched in the blood of our soldiers who gave up their lives that democracy – in our country – and everywhere else in the world – will forever reign supreme.
To His Excellency, US Ambassador Harry Thomas – our sincerest appreciation and heartfelt gratitude! (Bernardita Valenzuela)
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